Kendrick Lamar "Had To Live Up" To Jay-Z's Guest Appearance

Now with a Jay-Z collaboration, the Compton rapper has his sights set on work with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu and Sade.

Kendrick Lamar felt a sense of accomplishment when he got Jay-Z's verse for the remix to his hit single "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." "It was one of them feelings where, you know, you finally reached that moment to where you're actually respected," the Compton rapper says in an interview with Get Schooled. "Jay-Z don't have to [be on] nobody's track, so for him to actually hop on a record of mine just shows the level of respect he has for me as an artist. And as a true artist, that's what you want. You have all the money in the world and the awards, and accolades and stuff, you always want that respect. For him to do that, it's just one of them things. I felt like, 'OK, I finally accomplished what I sought out to do the moment I turned 13, and that's be respected by people I respect."

Then the real work began, as Kendrick had to pen his own lyrics for the remix. "I felt like I had to try to at least come some type of correct because that was my moment," he says. "All them years of rapping and writing raps didn't mean nothing if I couldn't live up to that moment."

Although Kendrick got Jigga on his song, there's still a list of artists he hopes to collaborate with. "An artist that I want to work with now, I would say it's Erykah Badu," Kendrick says. "Sade. I haven't got a record with Snoop yet. That's kind of crazy. I really want to lock in with Snoop."

RELATED: Kendrick Lamar Details The Moment He Heard Jay-Z's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)" Verse

38 Comments

  • Anonymous

    THIS NEW ARTIST --TREL -- GOT A SONG CALLED NORTH AMERICAN MUSIC I KEEP REPLAYING AM I BUGGIN OR IS IT DECENT ? @http://www.hulkshare.com/zsopp7jszpj4

  • Anonymous

    THIS NEW ARTIST --TREL -- GOT A SONG CALLED NORTH AMERICAN MUSIC I KEEP REPLAYING AM I BUGGIN OR IS IT DECENT ? @http://www.hulkshare.com/zsopp7jszpj4

  • Lol

    I will WAIT for all you lame when Kdot can't keep up for 5yrs. Hov hustled with Kdot's father, Kdot is so excited having Hov on that joint...haters are here killing his vibe.

  • johnny

    that s what it s like dealin w one of da great homey........check out Dirty Jerm....be lookin fa a jay z collab from him comin soon

  • foekist

    just don't fuck Erykah Badu

  • wessiide

    WHo fuckin retard even buys these overpriced shitty beats headphones? Even if they got dres name on dem, they still suck. Would you bum condoms with ron jeremy name on dem? same thing, stop buying those bitchass headphones and maybe dre will sometimes in year 3000 make an album called botox.

  • Marx1684

    They need to live up to his expectations on a track as well. When making tracks with someone who is seriously talented & is really a fan the artist with the most longevity should want to make something epic. Not just another track.

  • sam snead

    More interested in the sade collab than the others

  • Hahahahaha

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Yah

    the only way for niggaz to test their lyrical abilities is to do a song with Canibus

  • IMhO

    kendrick did more than hold his own. he bodied that third verse. it was an overall good track jayz had a decent verse too but kdot showed why hes at the top right now..

  • lol

    at the end of the day your favorite rapper k dot respects jay-z. hate all you want but jay-z is a legend!!!! Butt hurt ass bloggers lmfAO!!!!

  • Fuck Sade

    Please don't do it nigga

  • Anonymous

    Jay z an overrated illuminati doesnt give a shit about his fans camel fuck gay z and all his brain washed stupid fuck fans that buy his shit cus they are a bunch of idiot sheep.

    • Zee

      ^^^^^ Hahahahahaha....

    • Anon

      Yea man, they're all sheep. And you got it all figured out because you watched a ten minute YouTube video and have never taken one college class. You're so smart. Everyone else is wrong. You're always right...idiot.

  • YESSIR

    LOL KENDRICK U DONT EVEN NEED TO LIVE UP TO THAT UGLY OLD MAN..U JUST GOTTA FREESTYLE ON YOUR OWN SONG FOR A REMIX AND U AUTOMATICALLY MURK JAY. AND THATS WHAT U DID WITH EASE...JAY IS SUCH A WASHED UP NIGGA THAT HE BELONGS IN THE 1930'S...AND I HAVE EVIDENCE OF THAT!

  • gnigga_pleeze

    one of the many things that makes him dope is that he doesn't rely on getting big name features to sell his album. he didn't even get any dre beats on his aftermath debut. so fuck a nas feature, don't fix it if its not broken.

  • aaronj

    kendrick has always been great when he has to work with a GREAT mc or with a legend but when he works with idiots, he always gives throwaway verses. hopefully he works with Em, Nas,... would be amazing.

  • joe

    he should work with nas

  • outlookui11

    hopefully he can release another album as great as gkmc, this man needs to be remembered

  • Anonymous

    respect dude is fucking dope as good if not better then eminem

    • Trollhunter

      You know how hard it is to have GENUINE back to back to back brilliant classics. To this day the only hip hop artists to EVER have accomplish this was ATCQ.

    • sam snead

      Add Jigga to the list as well

    • sam snead

      Thats the problem with hip hop these days, nobody even heard infinite but most people heard section80. This is the best new rapper in many years but he over exposes himself with certain songs he has been doing lately. There has been quite a few artists that came in the game swinging like this but then fell off or never lived up 2 the first album. Lupe Fiasco, AZ, Mobb Deep, hell even maybe the best that ever did it in my opinion Nas has trouble living up to his first album even after dropping another classic or 2.

    • IMhO

      comparing kendrick to eminem is comparing apples to oranges..

    • Anonymous

      eminem 1999-2002 - the greatest rapper of all time. nobody even comes close.

    • Anonymous

      he may be as good as Em in 2013 but he'll never come close to or surpass Slim Shady in his prime circa 1999-2001

  • dentaldamboy

    Don't worry Kendrick...you totally murkt Jay on the song. Jay is way past his prime and you are leagues ahead of him lyrically right now.

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